The themes of this month’s issue are Yoga and Graceful Aging, which in my opinion go hand in hand. I first tried yoga more than 20 years ago and immediately became hooked. I was amazed at just how centered I felt during and after class. I had been so worried about being around others that were more experienced. I was sure that I would stick out like a sore thumb and make a fool of myself. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded. The teacher was beyond helpful; she kept the class in an easy flow and was very attentive to those of us that had no clue. Since then, I have tried many different types of yoga, including Bikram, which has become my favorite. This type of practice has kept my mind centered and my body healthy. I am amazed at how much energy I have and how free I am of the aches and pains that many of us start experiencing in middle age.
“Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists.”
When we think of aging, it tends to generate a great deal of fear and negative connotations; however, once we are in tune with our mind and body, it becomes more of an understanding and acceptance of the inevitable process. As we learn to transform our thoughts and stay in alignment with our purpose, the inner part of us remains resilient and that is reflected back from our exterior. We live in a world of negativity and stress, which can easily rob us of our inner peace if we let it. This is why being mindful of what is going on around us and not allowing it to take over our inner essence is so important. I truly believe in the importance of taking extra good care of our mind, body and spirit—the intrinsic value is priceless.
As the season begins to change, it’s a reminder to take inventory of what’s going on in our lives. What can we shed that is crowding our life? The more we take note of what no longer serves us, the more profound our journey. As we remove the weight of these “things,” we naturally find an inner peace that translates to inner “grace.”
Wishing you a serene September!
Jeannette Draper, Publisher